Today, I cleaned up the pet’s room in the side building. It is a palace; couple ol’ couches and dog beds, nice and dry and offers accessibility to the yard. When in the back yard, Petal’s little house consisted of a big cardboard box stuff with a dog bed. She liked it but Daisy sometimes destroyed it and the whole thing was a bit junky so I decided to make her a little house. I used a few old shelves, some leftover flooring from my office renovation and a couple planks of the laminate in the house. She should be nice and comfortable in there in this cold weather!
I’ve had a weird few weeks. I was in the hospital for a few days with an infection – all better now. Previously, I had an adventure in the north 40. Bob and I were out doing firewood. I took down half a dozen trees, skidding them over to the firewood pile. On the second trip, a sinkhole mysteriously opened in the ground and Bob sank. Col stopped by and I enlisted his aide but to no avail; it took Josée and me a good hour to get Bob extricated. Last weekend, I worked on re-finishing some old benches. They were in rough shape but I stripped them down, repainted the iron legs and re-did the slats. I haven’t finished the yellow one yet but the blue one is up in the pet cemetery so I can sit in comfort as I remember Monty and Jack. Maybe one day I’ll join them there!
Last Thursday, I came home and heard a strange noise. It didn’t sound like Tegan. I looked outside and there was a pink pot-bellied pig, playing with Tegan and eating some grass!! A long story short, her name is Petal and she is about five months old. She belonged to someone who lives just down the road but for a variety of reasons is no longer able to care for her. Josée and I decided to adopt her so now we are the new owners of a pink pot-belly! She is really cute, very fun and has a different personality from Monty.
Finally, I had a great breakfast at Atlas and decided to take a close of my delicious breakfast! This weekend, more benches, welding some bucket hooks on the tractor, another bonfire and maybe a meal out. Oh, I have to remember to pay my taxes too!
Maybe three weeks ago, Josée asked me about adding another animal to our growing menagerie. We talked about another dog, perhaps additional farm cats – even more chickens (see John 15:13). Our long-term plan includes sheep and possibly beef cattle but more than likely that is a 2011 project. Anyway, I figured that one more pet wouldn’t really make a huge difference; we have lots of space, we enjoy our pets and they have a good life with us.
A week or two passed and the subject wasn’t raised. Early this week, I found a link in my inbox: “Pot-bellied pig looking for a good home”. Strange, I thought, why would she send a link on this topic. We planned to raise pigs for meat but to my knowledge I didn’t think pot-bellies were meat pigs. I was right.
Monty, a 5 month old pot-bellied pig, lived in Victoria and as his owners were being asked to leave the home they were renting and could not find another pig-friendly abode, they had to put him up for adoption. And the lucky winners are/were? You guessed it; we now have a pig wandering around our house.
Surprisingly, I’ve quite taken to Monty. He is very clean, house-trained, inquisitive and friendly. He’s quite a smart pig too – IQ rates above most dogs! Charlotte and Oliver, my brother’s kids, absolutely love him and I think he will become a nice friend for them over the years. He lives up to his namesake, Bernard Montgomery, hero of El Alamein and massively decorated British veteran: bold, unafraid of Great Danes and Mastiffs (both of whom outweight him by 100 pounds) and not afraid to exert his personality.
Stay tuned for more Monty updates….